Our guest is Sara Hickman, acclaimed folk-rock, pop, and childrens' singer-songwriter, musician, vocalist, and recording artist who joins us in discussion and performs three songs on the show. Sara was the 2010-2011 official "State Musician of Texas" (previous honorees include Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett). She also is an avid supporter of numerous charities and organizations benefiting children, women, animals, and health -- and she recently wrote in the Austin American-Statesman about her ongoing struggle with depression and an attempted suicide, which we also discuss on this show.
Hickman has toured with Billy Bragg, Dan Fogelberg, and Nanci Griffith; has opened for artists including the Decemberists, John Hiatt, and Lucinda Williams; and performers like Shawn Colvin, the Flatlanders, Robert Earl Keen, and Willie Nelson have covered her songs. She has been a guest performer on at least 25 albums by other recording artists and has also appeared in and sung on national ad campaigns for Walmart, Popeye's, Southwest Airlines, Fannie Mae, and more.
Sara was awarded the Humana "Women Helping Women" award for her generous work with such organizations as Safe Place, Habitat for Humanity, House the Homeless, and the SPCA. In the early 2000s, she was the National Ambassador for Half Price Books, helping to promote literacy throughout the United States, and she was on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys).
Sara grew up in Houston, as the daughter of artistic parents -- a mother who was a fiber artist, and a father who was an art professor. She graduated from North Texas State with a BA in painting, moved to Dallas in 1987 where she became a musical performer and recording artist, and in 1994 moved to Austin, where she now lives with her husband, Lance Schriner, and two daughters, Lili and Iolana.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ken Martin; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: email@example.com.